Elvio Cogno

Piedmont, Italy

Anas-Cëtta Nascetta di Novello Langhe DOC – 2018

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  • Introduction

    • Anas-Cëtta is an invented name that was used initially because the wine was not a DOC. (In Italy it is not possible to use the varietal name if the wine is not DOC.) That changed in 2010, when Nascetta of Novello gained DOC status. Since the first limited production in 1994, the Elvio Cogno winery has drawn upon the knowledge of the old-timers in Novello to make a wine for the youth of today.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: 100% Nascetta di Novello
    • Grape Source: 100% estate vineyards located on the top of the hill; Novello village; Ravera area
    • Cultivation: Vertical trellising, Guyot pruning, 100% organic (not yet certified)
    • Composition: Limestone/clay, with a small percentage of sand
    • Vine Age: 1 hectare (2.47 acres) newly planted, the rest are between 10 and 20 years old
    • Elevation: 350 meters (1,148 feet) above sea level
    • Exposure: Eastern
    • Density: 4,000 vines/hectare (1,619 vines/acre)
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2018 harvest was quite late and arduous; yet, the crop shows immense promise after a long and engaging growing season. The beginning of spring was quite difficult due to the heavy rain, and the summer was considerably warm and quite dry. The conditions allowed the vines to catch up upon a quite slow start. From the last days of June through the month of July, the sunny days encouraged a fast vegetative growth that required several trimmings and manual leaves thinning, especially in the shaded internal parts that were less active in photosynthesis. These efforts produced even cluster growth, and it carried to an early veraison in the month of August. Toward the beginning of September, the temperature dropped significantly during the night but warm and dry during the day, a perfect condition to promote the phenolic ripening.

  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 100% in stainless steel with 12 hours cold soak (skin contact), indigenous yeast
    • Aging: On lees for 6 months, no barrel aging; bottle-aged for two months
  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • “This opens with scents of dried oregano, sage and cannabis that accent the wine’s fruit flavors of white peach and Meyer lemon. Notes of smoke and bitter almond skin emerge as the wine is exposed to air, while brisk acidity weaves everything together.” — 90 Points | Wine & Spirits Magazine, December 2019



  • Elvio Cogno Anas-Cëtta Nascetta di Novello Langhe DOC – 2018 – The Wine Advocate – 91+ Points

    This is a very interesting wine. On first nose, the 2018 Langhe Nascetta del Comune di Novello Anas-Cëtta offers a touch of smoke and bacon fat that comes as a bit of a surprise. You might expect a lean and inconsequential white, but this expression of the delicate and somewhat uncommon Nascetta grape (that this estate has championed over the years) delivers much more intensity and momentum than you might initially expect. That bacon fat is followed by campfire ash and ripe fruit. This is a great one for connoisseurs of lesser-known Italian varieties.

  • Elvio Cogno Anas-Cëtta Nascetta di Novello Langhe DOC – 2018 – Vinous – 92 Points

    The 2018 Anas-Cëtta is very fresh, gracious and light on its feet, with striking aromatic presence. Dried pear, dried flowers, mint and chamomile all grace this racy, very pretty wine.